Ms Selva Quintero > Galindo, Arias & López > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

Galindo, Arias & López

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Regulatory


Partner. Ms. Quintero specializes on procedural civil, constitutional and administrative law, with particular emphasis on the legal representation of multinational corporations operating in the power generation and public utilities sectors.


Selva Quintero excels in civil, constitutional and administrative disputes, providing legal counsel to local and multinational companies, before administrative authorities and the Supreme Court of Justice. She has served as Assistant to the Chief Justice and was recently appointed by the President of the Republic of Panama, to advise in the drafting of the new Administrative Procedural Code. Ms. Quintero is a Professor for Postgraduate Degree Courses.


English and Spanish


She is a founder of the Colombo-Panamanian Law Institute, a Board member of the Panmanian Mathematics Olympics Foundations, and a member of the Panamanian Bar Association.


Universidad Latina de Panamá (Master on Administrative Law, 2010); Universidad Latina de Panamá (Specialization on Administrative Law, 2009); Universidad de Panamá (Postgraduate Degree in Higher Education, 2006); Universidad de Panamá (Postgraduate Degree in Mediation, 2003); Universidad de Panamá (B.A. Law and Political Science, Sigma Lambda Honor Chapter, 1998)

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Selva Quintero – Galindo, Arias & López

The dispute resolution practice at Galindo, Arias & López is lauded for its ‘experience and knowledge to deal with sensitive issues‘. The firm is commended for the depth of its expertise in administrative litigation in highly regulated sectors, acting for an impressive roster of key players in the energy (particularly electricity), financial, aviation and telecoms industries, and for its stellar track record in cases before the Supreme Court. The team also has extensive experience in construction litigation, and is increasingly active in the arbitration arena, including in international proceedings. Diego de la Guardia, who is a mainstay on high-profile contentious mandates, steers the practice alongside Selva Quintero, who wins high praise for her ‘professional, personalised, transparent and empathetic service‘, with a strong focus on complex energy and telecoms disputes. Of counsel Adán Arjona, an expert in corporate disputes and a former President of the Supreme Court, is another name to note at the senior level. The firm also benefits from a sizeable pool of skilled associates, including Jeimy Lasso, who is particularly well regarded for administrative litigation; Gabriela Vásquez, a specialist in labour and regulatory disputes; and María Dorado, who frequently handles damages claims.

Panama > Projects and energy

The projects and energy practice at Galindo, Arias & López stands out for the depth and breadth of its offering, with strengths encompassing project finance, public procurement and government contracts, real estate and regulatory matters. The financing of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects (including the development of major healthcare facilities) is a core source of mandates, but the team is also highlighted for its experience in energy-related disputes, where clients emphasise its ‘extensive knowledge of the laws that govern the Panamanian electricity market‘, and regulatory issues in the renewables space. Salomón Behar, a high-profile name for public tenders and project development in the energy sector, leads the practice alongside project finance expert Cristina Lewis. Diego Herrera and litigation partners Diego de la Guardia and Selva Quintero (both specialists in the energy and public utilities sectors) also lend senior expertise to the team.